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Oxford murder probe depends on lone survivor

Mike Martindale
The Detroit News

Oxford Township — Four days after a 29-year-old mentally challenged man and his 7-month-old infant daughter were found dead, investigators said they are still not certain what happened last weekend inside the home at 148 Kintyre.

Investigators are hoping the lone survivor found in the dwelling — Sylvia Majewski — may help them sort out what happened to cause her injuries and the deaths of her son, Daryne Gailey, and granddaughter, Charley Lillian Hendrick. All were found Sunday morning by Oakland County deputies and a relative after other family members expressed concern for their safety.

Majewski, 65, of Addison Township was reportedly stable but still hospitalized Wednesday from her injuries. An autopsy determined the infant died from blunt force trauma to the head, and her death has been classified a homicide. Gailey, who had a lethal gash to his throat, and Majewski, lying on a couch and barely conscious with several cuts to her arm, are believed to have been wounded from the same box cutter found in the home.

“We still have not been able to interview her (Majewski),” said Oakland County Undersheriff Michael McCabe. “The investigation remains open.”

According to court records, Gailey had a seizure disorder, central processing impairment, speech and language impairment, and severe Attention Deficit Disorder and expressive impairments. He recently divorced his wife, Amanda Hendrick, who is Charley’s mother and had legal custody of the girl. Hendrick, 25, of Caro could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Gailey was permitted to have his daughter for overnight stays, provided the visits were supervised by Majewski.

Court records reveal Gailey worked as a clerk at a Kroger store for 15 years and had his own home and mortgage. While co-workers described him as a good, reliable employee, 2013 court filings show he needed someone to help him manage his property and business affairs due to his impairments. Gailey also filed for bankruptcy this year.

Majewski sought a personal protection order against Hendrick on her son’s behalf, claiming her daughter-in-law was physically and mentally abusive to Gailey and turned him against his own parents. Hendrick denied the accusations.

Gailey picked up his daughter in Caro on Friday but when he did not return with her on Saturday, Hendrick became concerned. Police went out to the Kintyre address but the home was dark, no one answered the door and there were no vehicles in the driveway.

When they returned on Sunday and knocked on the door, Majewski cried out from inside.

mmartindale@detroitnews.com

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